“ Sewing mends the soul.”
Alright, here is another confession of mine…I LOVE pincushions as much as baskets. And you all know how much I love baskets. I have to be extra careful when out shopping that I don’t over do things and come home with bags of pincushions. Oh, and throw in the fact, that I also love sewing up my own little cushion creations.
I have flower pin cushions.
Apples. Hint…fabric apples are great gifts for all those teachers in your life. Never too late to start making gifts for the holidays.
Tomatoes. Some information on tomato cushions: Way back in the day they used to gift new home owners with tomatoes to ward off bad things. Now, what those bad things were, I don’t know. Maybe a ghost hanging out in the house or maybe jealousy and ill will towards the new home owners and their happiness in owning a home, who even knows. But tomatoes were given as a symbol to ward that negative away. Because there were seasons when tomatoes were hard to find they resorted to making fabric ones to give out instead. The little strawberry that came with it was for the needles . Just poke your needles in the strawberries every now and then to keep them sharp. I still have a couple of my Nana’s tomato pincushions in my collection.
One tiny little lady bug.There is a button on it’s back, that’s how small this lady bug pin cushion is.
The lady bugs some of my followers may remember from an older dollar day do over project where I took apart an old coat and made lady bug bean bags. I used tiny plastic pellets though so they can be used as pin cushions too.
A bunch of tiny felt hearts can be made into pin cushions.
Like this adorable super tiny heart pin cushion.
A giant pumpkin. Fall is here, perfect time to make fabric pumpkins.
And look at what this was turned into…
These. Bonus points for the storage these pin cushions come with. One container was an old spice container.
These would be great heart gifts (handmade gifts) to give out for the holidays. A mini sewing kit in a container with a pretty pin cushion on top.
I even sew up my own tomatoes.
This old necklace from what looks like the 80’s (man do I miss the 80’s in this year of 2020) was used to make chubby doll pin cushions.
Just sew up two circles, stuff and sew shut. My favorite stitches are the back stitch when stictching together by hand and whip stitch to sew shut. Use small lids from jars for your patterns and templates.
Starting from the middle of your circle, using a long needle (doll needles work best) start sewing around your circle leaving a space about 1/2 apart until you get around whole circle.
It should look like a flower. Sew a large and small pincushion. Sew the smaller one to the larger cushion to create the doll bodies.
Decorate your chunky beads with whimsical faces, then glue on top of your pin cushion bodies.
After adding hair, felt arms and accessories they should look like this. I think these chubby little cushions are so cute.
I also have many pin cushions that I have bought like this adorable little dog.
A crochet cutie. So many colors to this one.
And a garden gnome.
You can even use some fabric toys as giant pincushions.
It is endless with what you can use to organize your sewing corner. Using items I already had on hand, and making items myself saved me so much money. I can’t wait to show you all how the shutters turned out. A very colorful wall unit to organize my sewing supplies.
Even though it was hard having to deal with lock down rules and just the world we are all dealing with, in the end I learn what was really important, which is spending time with family. And in the process I was able to use what I had around my home to make one adorable little sewing corner. Next part will be on small storage containers you all may have around the house. This pin cushion post was such a fun one for me to share with you guys. Happy crafting everyone and please stay safe. Keep the world in your prayers. Pray for the fires to end here in my country, the hate, the lies, the corruption, you all know what I am writing here. Please send out well wishes and prayers that things start turning around for the better.Please pray for my cousin’s grand daughter, she tested positive for the Red Monster. Also the friend of mine who made that little box of blessings I share with you all, needs everyone’s prayers and well wishes for her son. He will be traveling back to live in Arizona and will be passing through states with the fires. God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.
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